Is Getting in Class the Hardest Part of Computer Science?

The demand for computer science degree is on the rise given the number of students enrolling for CS studies. Well, while this is appealing, there’s one obstacle. Will I get a seat?

The influx of students in campuses and colleges is outstripping resources and the supply of competent professors. This surge in numbers can be attributed to high salaries and high-status jobs that are present in CS career path.

In fact, the number of students majoring in the subject doubled from 2013 to 2017 to over 106,000 according to the Computing Research Association that gathered data from more than 200 universities.

While previous generations aspired to be lawyers, bankers, and doctors, the current students are firing all cylinders to become CS professionals. Some are even incurring six-figure debts in a bid to catch up with the changing trend in the workplace.

Meanwhile, learning computer skills can guarantee you fast employment since it does not require sophisticated computing. In fact, most graduates make six-figure salaries immediately after graduating.

At the University of Texas, the stampede is far from over. More than 3,300 first-year students last fall sought computer science as their first choice of major. According to Don Fussell, chairman of the university’s computer science department, the demand is growing with each intake.

As such, the institution is bound to hire several tenure-track facility members this year to fill the widening gap in the teacher-student ratio.

Meanwhile, the boom has caused several universities to cap the number of courses that computer science majors take. As is the case in Swarthmore College. However, students in the affected campuses and colleges said that they felt shut out of CS while others experienced overworked professors and overcrowded classes.




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